#5542
Tolik
Tolik
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The standard Roman javelin was called the Pilum , it was a heavy wood haft with a weight at the top ( usually a wood ball ) , then a long , thin soft steel spear head , very much like an ice pick . When thrown , it would easily penetrate all armor , sheild or flesh ….then bend over onto itself from the weight of all the lumber . This made a shield useless and enemy vulnerable . Interesting design , every culture on earth developed their own version of the spear ……………..the Romans were the ONLY ones , that did not want it coming back at them once thrown away . This was no big issue for them , because every legion had its own blacksmithing …even on the march . Another thing to look at , is late Medieval castle design , they were designed so that the farther an attacker got ….the worse off they were . Simple things came from this , like trip steps , every 3rd step was slightly higher than the other two , if you were calmly walking up or down you would not notice , running you would stumble . Also why spiral staircases almost always spiraled counter clockwise ( because an attackers sword arm would be towards the wall )